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How To Apply

Fall Semester is the normal time of entry into our graduate programs. The curriculum is designed with Fall Semester entry as the norm. Furthermore, no assistantships are currently available for Spring Semester applicants.

The application deadline for Fall admission is January 15. We are not able to review incomplete applications.

The Department of Religion has a limited number of funded Master's and Doctoral Graduate Teaching Assistantships. The Graduate School also has a few funding opportunities for outstanding students, which may have earlier deadlines. All such funding opportunities, however, are highly competitive.

Applications received after the January 15 deadline will be still be considered for admission if they are received prior to April 1, though funding is unlikely to be available for applications completed after January 15.

All departmental decisions regarding acceptance into the program, and funding (if applicable), are based on a holistic evaluation of the pool of applicants. Considerations that may be drawn upon in making an overall evaluation of applicants include: undergraduate education, including major(s) and GPA; graduate education (if applicable), including area of research and GPA; GRE scores; TOEFL/iELTS scores (if applicable: to determine if this is applicable to you, see here); purpose statement; writing sample; letters of recommendation; fit with departmental areas and goals and fit with potential supervisors; research languages and other relevant skills related to proposed area of research; paper presentations and publications; other awards for academic achievements.

All applicants are required to submit a GRE score.

International graduate applicants must must submit official TOEFL or IELTS that are not more than two years old. To be considered for admission, they must meet the minimum score requirements (see here). To be considered for funding as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Religion, applicants must have the following test scores: TOEFL speaking: 26 or higher / iELTS: 8.0 or higher. For further details and information on TA Policy, see here. Please note that as of July 1, 2023, Duolingo English Test scores are no longer accepted as a language proficiency exam.

Applicants must submit application materials to the Graduate School.

The Graduate School application process starts here. Please read and follow all instructions carefully. Incomplete applications cannot be processed by the Graduate School or the Department. Materials to be submitted directly to the Graduate School include:

  • Graduate School application form
  • Application processing fee
  • Three letters of recommendation—these must be submitted by your letter writers directly to the Graduate School online application system
  • Unofficial transcripts of all institutions attended—official transcripts will be required if you are admitted
  • Writing sample—preferably a 10-15 page paper written for an undergraduate or graduate religion course
  • Statement of purpose—a 500–1000 word statement, explaining which areas of religion you wish to pursue and why you wish to pursue them (the first or second sentence should include the professor(s) you would like to work with)
  • Official GRE scores (must be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions directly by the responsible testing agency)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores, if applicable (to determine if this is applicable to you, see here)
  • Certificate of finances, if applicable (to determine if this is applicable to you, see here).

All of the above materials must be received by the UGA Office of Graduate Admissions by the deadline of January 15.

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